Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo

"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

Tiong Bahru, Singapore

Tiong Bahru Seng Poh Road

Back to Tiong Bahru Estate again. This was where Mdm Tia, Paul, Miel and myself had a gallery show in 2010 for the first time. Our sketches were based on the estate itself. Our sketches were mainly monochrome and were done on sketchbooks so we literally have to remove the pages to be framed. Some were double page spreads so the framed works had a parting line in between. :D Now I was back to the estate again over the weekends when the place would be less crowded so I could sketch and paint without too many stares. I love the place for its art deco style of architecture and how it looks so different from the rest of the country too. Over the last 2 years the estate has seen some growth and changes. It is now a bustling place for foreigners, book and bread lovers, while boutique cafes sprouted everywhere too.

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